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2018 White Birch Bookstore Events

We have a great series of book store events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

The Hunted Mage Trilogy
Michael Wilson
  Book Signing and Author Afternoon with Michael Wilson
Saturday, March 3 at 3pm

Michael Wilson will be at the bookstore for a discussion and book signing of book 1 & 2 in his series, The Hunted Mage Trilogy that incorporates a blend of History, Fantasy and Ancient Finnish folklore.

Once upon a time…Words held more Power and dragons roamed the world.
For Eyulf, the youngest son of a minor lord, the opportunity to train with a Rune-Singer Mage was the chance of a lifetime. He is content…until he discovers a volume of Lost Words, powerful Runes forgotten through the ages. Corrupted by Magic he cannot control, things go wrong quickly.

Jaakko, a simple huntsman, returns to his home late one night to find his village destroyed by a creature out of legend. Obsessed with the monster and his desire for revenge, he spends fruitless years hunting the beast before he realizes that it toys with him and he lacks the Power to destroy it.

When Avitus, an officer aboard a Byzantine ship of war, learns that his captain’s orders are to sell their ship and abandon the crew in the far North, he finds himself a penniless outlander. When he finds work as Steward to a future king he feels all will be well...until the crippled Mage comes to court.

Aila, spurned by Eyulf in his quest for Power, has quite happily made a new life for herself without him. When he returns, and tries to claim her once more as his betrothed, her fear of the potent magic he wields keeps her from confiding in the few people she feels she can trust.
One by one, they are drawn into Eyulf's treachery.

Michael has been a writer since his early years and completed HUNTSMAN, Book One of The Hunted Mage Trilogy while living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has now returned to the White Mountains of NH to continue the story with his newly released Book Two: DAGGER. Michael lives in the Conway Area with his Lovely Bride and Daughter who assist me in my Quest for Powerful Words, and a parakeet named Yoshi…who does not.

Author Afternoon with Peggy Shinn  

Author Afternoon with Peggy Shinn
Saturday, March 17, 2-5 pm
New England Ski Museum, North Conway Village

We all watched the Olympics and cheered on the U.S. Women's Cross-Country Ski Team as they made history and won their first Gold Medal! So we couldn't be more excited to announce that author Peggy Shinn, who just got back from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, will be here to share her recent experience at the Games, discuss her book WORLD CLASS and sign copies. And better yet we found the perfect venue for her, the New England Ski Museum that just opened a few doors down from the bookstore right here in North Conway Village. We will be donating 10% of the proceeds from book sales to the Museum.

What makes a great team?
Sports journalist Peggy Shinn answers this question in her enthralling account of the dramatic rise of the U.S. women's cross-country ski team, winners of eight medals at three world championships over the past five years.

Shinn's story--based on dozens of interviews with athletes, coaches, parents, spouses, and friends--paints a vivid picture of the obstacles that America's female athletes must overcome not just to ski with the world's best, but to beat them.

In a sport where U.S. women have toiled for decades, mostly in the middle or the back of the pack, the development of a world-class team attests to the heady combination of a transformational leader, a coach who connects with his athletes, the super-fast individual skiers who are also conscientious teammates--and a bit of good luck.

Peggy (McKay) Shinn was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where she learned to ski, ride her bike in the woods, eat asparagus and strawberries from her dad’s organic garden, and occasionally read a book.

She is a senior contributor for TeamUSA.org — the U.S. Olympic Committee’s website — and has been lucky enough to cover four Olympic Games. Her writing has also been published in Ski Racing, Skiing, SKI, SNOW, Ski Press, MSNBC.com, and Vermont Life, as well as the Boston Globe, Rutland Herald, and Burlington Free Press. For her work in ski writing, she is a four-time winner of the Harold Hirsch Award for best feature writing, presented annually by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.
Before finding her true vocation,

WORLD CLASS: The Making of the U.S. Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team is her second book. Her first book, DELUGE, chronicled Tropical Storm Irene, flash floods in Vermont, and how the state saved itself.

Peggy moved back to Vermont in 1997 and now lives in Rutland with her husband and daughter.


Write Now Conference! K-12 Conference with Kylene Beers
Saturday, March 31, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway

Write Now Conference! K-12 Conference with Kylene Beers

This conference is open to educators, administrators, literacy leaders & parents from throughout New England and Eastern Canada! This year's conference is for educators at all grade levels and will focus primarily on reading.

Presented in partnership by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Conway School District, our 2018 conference features Kylene Beers, author of many highly respected books on literacy.

About the conference:

In this conference, using her hallmark humor and practicality, Kylene will present her vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points will provide context for school-wide conversations. In particular, she'll share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers:

- Create engagement and relevance

- Encourage responsive and responsible reading

- Deepen comprehension

-Develop lifelong reading habits

Kylene will guide us in exploring how we can help all our students become readers who do more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. She'll show us how to help them become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be.

About the presenter:

Kylene is an award-winning educator and is the author (with Robert Probst) of Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters; When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice; and Elements of Literature, the literature textbook read by the majority of middle school and high school students across the US. 

She began her teaching career in 1979 in the Alief School District, outside of Houston. Texas.  Since then, she has become an internationally-known and respected authority in literacy education.  Kylene works tirelessly to help parents, teachers, and national policy makers understand how to best help struggling readers.

Staff Development & Continuing Education Credits Available. 

Books will be available for purchase from White Birch Books and a raffle will be offered to support the Arts Alliance's conference coordination work.

For more information about the conference, click here.



Wednesday, April 11, 4-6 pm
Tuckerman Brewing Co., Conway, NH

We love books. We love beer. We love pairing books with beer! That's why we are so excited to be partnering with Tuckerman Brewing Co. to host our very first off-site Books & Brews!

Nichole and Laura will be there sharing 4-5 paperbacks ranging from hot new releases, sleepers, those books you missed and shouldn't have and more! And of course there will be Tuckerman's beer!

Tickets are $25 and includes a flight of beer, a tour of the brewery, one new paperback book and a $5 gift certificate towards your next book purchase from White Birch Books. To reserve your spot call the bookstore at 603.356.3200.

It’s a great way to “unplug”, enjoy a good book, a great beer and a refreshing conversation or two! So we will see you there!

Maine author James Hayman  

Cold River Radio Show live at Theater in the Woods.
Sunday, April 15, 7:00 pm

Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH
Tickets are $25 on sale at White Birch Books.
Call 603-356-3200

Cold River Radio Show live at Theater in the Woods.

The Cold River Radio Show is a quintessential old-time radio show featuring exclusively New England based artists, performers, authors and storytellers. Along with selling tickets at the store and we’ll be selling books at the show for Maine author James Hayman, who will be talking about his four books in the McCabe and Savage Thriller series.

About the series:

The first novel in the nationally bestselling McCabe and Savage series.
Someone is stealing the hearts of beautiful women...

Detective Mike McCabe moved from a top homicide job with the NYPD to Portland, Maine to leave his failed marriage and suspicions of wrongdoing behind, and to find a more peaceful life for himself and his 13 year old daughter.

But the small New England city is not nearly as safe as he thought.

On a warm September night, a missing high-school athlete is found dead in a scrap metal yard, her heart removed from her body with surgical precision. As outrage over the killing spreads, a young business woman disappears while out on a morning jog.

McCabe is certain both crimes are the work of one man—a murderer skilled in cardiac surgery who is using his scalpel to target young women. With the clock ticking, McCabe and his partner Maggie Savage find themselves in a desperate race against time to find and rescue the missing woman before she becomes the next victim of the sadistic killer's blade.

Me and Mike McCabe: A Short Bio of the author and his hero.

Like McCabe, I'm a native New Yorker. He was born in the Bronx. I was born in Brooklyn. We both grew up in the city. He dropped out of NYU Film School and joined the NYPD, rising through the ranks to become the top homicide cop at the Midtown North Precinct. I graduated from Brown and joined a major New York ad agency, rising through the ranks to become creative director on accounts like the US Army, Procter & Gamble, and Lincoln/Mercury.

We both married beautiful brunettes. McCabe's wife, Sandy dumped him to marry a rich investment banker who had "no interest in raising other people's children." My wife, Jeanne, though often given good reason to leave me in the lurch, has stuck it out through thick and thin and is still my wife. She is also my best friend, my most attentive reader and a perceptive critic.

Both McCabe and I eventually left New York for Portland, Maine. I arrived in August 2001, shortly before the 9/11 attacks, in search of the right place to begin a new career as a fiction writer. He came to town a year later, to escape a dark secret in his past and to find a safe place to raise his teenage daughter, Casey.

There are other similarities between us. We both love good Scotch whiskey, old movie trivia and the New York Giants. And we both live with and love women who are talented artists.

There are also quite a few differences. McCabe's a lot braver than me. He's a better shot. He likes boxing. He doesn't throw up at autopsies. And he's far more likely to take risks. McCabe's favorite Portland bar, Tallulah's, is, sadly, a figment of my imagination. My favorite Portland bars are all very real.

Independent Bookstore Day   Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 28th
Join the Party on April 28th for the 4th Annual Independent Bookstore Day!

White Birch Books will be celebrating all day with lots of great giveaways, morning story time, kids activities, local authors, staff favorites AND more. We will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. 
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity.

So we encourage you to come join the party, show your community support and shop local!


OLLI Class at Granite State College
Friday, May 18 with Professor Laura CummingsTime: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: GSC Conway, 53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818

What are the hot new books? Get ready to make your lists. The class will focus mainly on fiction books and will include all the highly anticipated titles coming out soon, as well as some sleeper hits that you can discover first. There will also be a concerted effort to include upcoming nonfiction titles. Plus, we will talk about smaller press regional titles. Share your favorite reads, too.

As an added bonus, participants will go home with a new book to read!
Members: $20, Non-Members: $40 To register visit: https://olli.granite.edu/

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